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Aug 25, 2013 8:30am PDT
peacefully. by then, i considered myself an enlightened person on race, but i had grown up in jim crowe texas where whites and blacks lived in worlds separate in ways large and small. i never shook hands with a black person until i was in the air force-- not that i didn't want to. i just never had the occasion. they lived on one side of town. i lived on the other. schools were still mostly segregated, and the newspaper where i worked generally ignored news about black people. white people were not accustomed to seeing so many black people in one place as converged in washington that day. so is made them nervous. they worried it could turn into a race riot, a concern we later learned-- and you heard john lewis say-- was shared by president kennedy. it did not turn into a race riot. instead, it was a turning point in american history, a day that changed america, not just for african americans, but for all of us. i know. i was there back in the olden days. some of our stations are leaving us now. for most of you, we'll be right back with more on dr. king's legacy with marian wright edelman, ben
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